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OHM BOCES Culinary Arts Students Place Second at NYS ProStart Invitational

ProStart Invitational 2019 Four juniors and seniors from the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Culinary Arts program competed in the New York State ProStart Invitational on March 22 and 23 at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.


Essance Mozzetti from Holland Patent, Chantelle Roback from Sauquoit, Jemina Webster from Notre Dame and Mikaela Westcott from New Hartford comprised the Culinary Team.


After months of practice and recipe research, the Culinary Team wrote their own menu, perfected their recipes and timed their cooking for the competition. The team had to prepare two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts within one hour using only two burners and very little space. The team also had to create a book with pictures of the courses, recipes and costs. Judging was based on level of difficulty, sanitation, skill, organization, ability to work together, and of course, taste and plate presentation. The team placed second, winning approximately $6,000-$10,000 in scholarship funding.


Culinary Arts instructor Charles Hoffmeister helped prepare and practice with the students during the months leading up to the competition.


The OHM BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.


Pictured left to right: Chantelle Roback (Sauquoit), Jemina Webster (Notre Dame), team captain Essance Mozzetti (Holland Patent), Mikaela Westcott (New Hartford) and Culinary Arts instructor Charles Hoffmeister.